113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Adaptation Studies

Session Chair: 
Yolanda Doub, California State University, Fresno
Session 2: Friday 10:40am-12:10pm
Willamette (PMCC)
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  1. Kalene VanHuss, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles
    Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby received divided reviews despite being a box office success. Examining critical reviews of the film reveals viewers’ expectations for film adaptation as a genre and for the cinematic experience of Luhrmann’s particular style and his use of 3D technology. 
  2. Sam Sturdivant, San Francisco State University
    Focusing on Frankenstein's story line in Showtime's Penny Dreadful, I examine how the show adapts the novels it draws influence from, and uses an antiquated lens to recapitulate concerns that were as important to the Victorians as they are to contemporary audiences, primarily the fascination with moral dualism.
  3. Aili Zheng, Willamette University
    In my paper I will explore how sequences are configured—and "realities" thus established—in representative films by Robert Joseph Flaherty, Walter Ruttmann, Michelangelo Antonioni, Jia Zhangke and Nikolaus Geyrhalter.
  4. Courtney Floyd, University of Oregon
    In this paper, I examine Kate Beaton's adaptations of Jane Eyre in her 2011 collection of historical comics titled Hark! A Vagrant. I consider these adaptations from the perspectives of neo-Victorian studies, adaptation theory, and affect theory with an eye to post-colonial themes. 
Session Cancelled: